Levine's comments echo what general manager Brian Cashman recently told the media. The team is always looking to do something, but a big deal doesn't seem likely. "We're always out there looking, but it has to be tempered by the reality of the organization," Levine said. He went on to stress that the team's payroll is already fairly high, though admitted the team could make a big move if the right situation presented itself. "If an exception comes up that makes sense, we look at it and we decide. Like any business, we have a budget and we have an idea of what we want to spend."
Carter spent last season in Japan, pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He posted a 3.97 ERA over 45 1/3 innings.
Johnson will make a base salary under $2 million, but can earn as much as $8 million due to incentives. Given his recent injury issues, it's assumed those incentives will revolve around both his numbers and his ability to remain healthy. Johnson signed with San Diego last season, but was unable to pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The team declined his option during the offseason, but showed interest in re-signing Johnson to a lesser deal.
Johnson posted a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings with Toronto in 2013.
Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again.
The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year.
The two sides are still figuring out the details of the contract, but it's assumed it will include incentives based on games started. Johnson signed with the club last offseason, but did not pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The Padres declined an option on Johnson following the season, but expressed a desire to bring him back at a cheaper price.
The team has been linked to Ross a number of times this offseason, but that interest was expected to wane following the trade for Miguel Montero. Despite the fact that the organization already has Welington Castillo as a backup, the interest in Ross is still there. Ross is said to have a close relationship with pitcher Jon Lester, and that could play a role in his decision.
Ross hit .184 over 152 at-bats last year.
General manager Dayton Moore told reporters he expects Medlen to be a factor down the stretch. Medlen is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the team will give him time to recover. Medlen had the surgery last March. Typically, it takes about a year for pitchers to recover, but the Royals aren't banking on Medlen being healthy right away.
Prior to having the surgery, Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA over 197 innings in 2013.
The Orioles are looking for an outfielder after losing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency. Ichiro is 156 hits shy of 3,000 career hits and looking to extend his MLB career.